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White Sewing machine, Model #1418 - put tension back together

Tension is messed up. Has been a continuous problem from the purchase of this machine. Lost my temper....took the tension apart and now I can't get it back together and make it work at all. I need a photo or better explantion of how the parts go back on the shaft. I am apparently not doing it correctly.

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I would suggest removing all of our thread and rethreading your machine. Put the thread tension at medium. Try a few stitches. If they are unacceptably loose or tight, try loosening or tightening the bobbin's tension. To do this, locate the tiny hole at the front of the bobbin area. This hole is on the outside of the machine. This hole lets you have direct access to the bobbin's tension screw, so find a tiny screwdriver and turn the screw inside the hole a little to the right for tighter tension, or to the left for looser tension. Let me know how it works - I love this sewing machine!

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Check you have the bobbin in the CORRECT direction. If upside down it will come out.

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If you have taken the hook out that is the half moon shape first of all make sure the needle is at the top of the machine, hook in, gate up and that is all there is to it.

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Go to and download a free manual for your machine. Just go under support and manuals, enter 1521 and you will see your manual to download. Nice to have an extra copy anyway, plus you can enlarge the diagrams for seeing better. Good luck

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There is one available on the Singer site, it's free to download.
Just type in 2037 and click on search.
On the next page click on free download!
The Model number is W2037 as the W stands for White.
Hope this helps!

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